Insolvency and Restructuring

With our many years of experience and specialisation, Skau Reipurth is always able to offer our clients the best commercial advice and solution to insolvency issues.

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We assist in particular financial creditors with their distressed business customers for the purpose of finding the best and quickest solution for the creditors and the business.

In addition, we provide advice to businesses and private individuals with financial problems and when their customers, suppliers or business partners face financial problems.

We act as trustees, supervisors in restructuring proceedings and general advisers in all aspects of insolvency.

Our services include

  • Filing petitions for bankruptcy or restructuring
  • Acting as trustee appointed by the creditors and supervisor in restructuring proceedings
  • Participating in creditors’ committees on behalf of creditors
  • Administering small and large estates in bankruptcy and restructuring proceedings involving both national and international legal questions
  • Safeguarding the interests of creditors in general
  • Proving claims in estates and assisting in connection with the adjudication of claims
  • Preserving and handing over special rights or assets
  • Handling avoidance cases brought by estates in bankruptcy
  • Conducting litigation against estates in bankruptcy
  • Advising ailing property companies, including limited partnerships
  • Setting up arrangements with creditors, including assisting in negotiations with creditors and in connection with filing applications for debt restructuring
  • Providing advice on business restructuring to shareholders and management in case of financial difficulties and as part of a petition for restructuring
  • Setting up and executing arrangements with creditors and assisting clients in making individual arrangements with creditors
  • Debt relief proceedings and acceptance of the position as the bankruptcy court’s administrator
  • Assisting in connection with compulsory dissolutions and liquidations, including as liquidator

Experts

Anders Ørskov Melballe

Anders Ørskov Melballe

Attorney of the Danish High Courts, partner

Birgitte Sørensen

Birgitte Sørensen

Legal secretary

Laura Dalsgaard Smith

Laura Dalsgaard Smith

Legal intern

Lotte Lundin

Lotte Lundin

Attorney of the Danish Supreme Court, senior associate

Mathilde Frahm

Mathilde Frahm

Legal Intern

Ratings

  • The Legal 500

    Skau Reipurth frequently represents creditors, particularly financial institutions, in insolvency proceedings, distressed M&A, and pre-insolvency restructurings. The team, which assumes the role of a permanent trustee for many clients, includes the “razor-sharp” Anders Ørskov Melballe, who has particular expertise in the restructuring of non-performing loans and creditor rights matters (…)

  • IFLR 1000

    “They are very flexible and offer good value for money,” says one client. “Within bankruptcy Skau are very strong. They are highly dexterous and have an excellent way of handing cases in a commercially orientated and methodical fashion.”

  • Chambers Europe

    Anders Ørskov Melballe routinely assists financial institutions and their clients with the restructuring of non-performing loans and both restructuring and insolvency proceedings. He has noted experience of acting as a trustee and restructuring officer. Clients say: “He is very knowledgeable, makes things happen and is very positive, which is what you need in insolvency cases.”

  • The Legal 500

    Legal 500 (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022)

    The team works “competently and efficiently”.

    The team was appointed trustee of Haulier Otto Larsen in bankruptcy and also advised Danske Bank and Nykredit.

    Skau Reipurth Advokatpartnerselskab’s insolvency team excels at handling restructurings, and also frequently represents creditors in insolvency proceedings (…) which hired Anders Ørskov Melballe from Accura Advokatpartnerselskab.

    Jointly led by (…) Anders Ørskov Melballe, Skau Reipurth has a particular expertise in the real estate and construction sectors. Clients include Arbejdernes Landsbank, Nykredit and Danske Bank.

    Skau Reipurth’s team is “strong in mid-sized cases” and “always very committed” (…) the team represents creditors in insolvency proceedings and handles distressed M&A and restructurings. Key clients include Danske Bank and Realkredit Danmark.

    Skau Reipurth fields “a very strong team”, which has “a commercial and practical approach” and is “good at solving difficult cases without unnecessary conflict”. Recent highlights (…) include assisting Danske Bank as trustee with the bankruptcy of Gravity4, and advising Arbejdernes Landsbank on its mandatory sale of properties owned by housing cooperatives. Other work includes fellow practice head Anders Ørskov Melballe acting for Trøjgaard Müller on its bankruptcy, and assisting Jyske Bank as trustee with the bankruptcy of Barbara I Gongini.

    Hard-working and experienced team with focus on qualified and cost-effective solutions.

    Anders Ørskov Melballe is very skilled and pleasant to work with.

    Anders Melballe is to-the-point and focuses on solutions, rather than complicating things.

    Very skilled and with a good commercial understanding.

    Anders Melballe is a remarkable insolvency practitioner and has great experience.

    Skau Reipurth’s Insolvency and Restructuring Practice is headed by the talented Anders Melballe.

    Skau Reipurth frequently represents creditors, particularly financial institutions, in insolvency proceedings, distressed M&A, and pre-insolvency restructurings. The team, which assumes the role of a permanent trustee for many clients, includes the “razor-sharp” Anders Ørskov Melballe, who has particular expertise in the restructuring of non-performing loans and creditor rights matters (…)

    The group handles pre-insolvency restructurings for businesses and owners as well as distressed M&A. Fellow co-head Anders Ørskov Melballe primarily advises banks on the full range of issues, including the restructuring of non-performing loans and creditor rights.

    Anders Melballe has an extraordinary understanding of dealing with complex issues, and his ability to see through complicated issues and navigate this environment is quite striking.

    Always timely and to the point. If you really need a problem solved, they’re there for you.

    Very dedicated and service-minded – fair price level.

    It is a relatively small but very experienced insolvency practice. The firm must be noted for its commercial skills. They are very good at finding sustainable commercial solutions in restructuring cases.

    (…) and Anders Melballe are both very experienced in the insolvency business. They are a strong team.

  • Chambers Europe

    Chambers Europe (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022)

    Primarily focused on bankruptcy proceedings, handling filing, trustee appointments and related litigation. Experienced in negotiation of debt arrangements and in advising on distressed real estate assets.

    Quotes mainly from clients: ”Offers strong advice and serves as a valued business partner on both legal and commercial issues.”

    Advises banks and creditors on a range of insolvency matters, particularly in the real estate and construction markets. Also handles non-contentious restructuring processes, such as distressed M&A deals.

    Anders Ørskov Melballe has a particular focus on contentious matters relating to management and directors’ liability issues in bankruptcy cases.

    One interviewee praises the team’s responsiveness: “There’s good chemistry between us and they give good service.”

    Sources praise the firm’s expertise and skill set: “They are very knowledgeable and sharp people.”

    Anders Ørskov Melballe routinely assists financial institutions and their clients with the restructuring of non-performing loans and both restructuring and insolvency proceedings. He has noted experience of acting as a trustee and restructuring officer. Clients say: “He is very knowledgeable, makes things happen and is very positive, which is what you need in insolvency cases.”

    Clients value the team’s broad range of knowledge. One reports that the firm “can handle all kinds of cases, they have lawyers to cover nearly every part of the law books.”

    Clients also highlight the quality of service, describing the team as “eager and attentive to our needs.”

    Anders Ørskov Melballe regularly acts for Danish and foreign banks on restructuring non-performing loans and provides advice on both insolvency procedures and restructuring. He is described by one source as “someone I have a lot of respect for, he is very thorough and good at finding solutions. He is the kind of person it is easy to get a good collaboration with.”

    Rises in the rankings owing to strong praise from peers and clients alike for the handling of important bankruptcy mandates. Advises creditors on out-of-court debt restructurings. Acts as bankruptcy trustee of Danish companies and private individuals, often advising on the sale of assets in order to rescue distressed businesses. Assists with disputes relating to allegations of fraud by former managers. Attracts further attention for work on matters that have important employment law considerations.

    Clients value the “pragmatic and ad hoc advice that they give,” explaining: “They have the commercial aspects, they understand that we need to do business and find solutions.”

    Best known for its work as bankruptcy trustees, receiving regular appointments by several larger Danish banks. Acts on insolvencies across a range of sectors including construction, real estate and retail. Also represents creditors in insolvency proceedings and assists with distressed M&A as well as pre-insolvency restructurings.

    Anders Ørskov Melballe acts as appointed trustee on several of the firm’s assigned insolvencies. One client says: “He is straight to the point and has in-depth knowledge of the sector.”

    Best known for its work as bankruptcy trustees, receiving regular appointments by several larger Danish banks. Acts on insolvencies across a range of sectors including construction, food and beverages, and retail. Also represents creditors in debt recovery proceedings.

    Acted as the appointed trustee on Strander’s bankruptcy, handling ongoing construction work and arbitration proceedings against a public property developer.

    Anders Ørskov Melballe routinely acts as appointed trustee on several of the firm’s assigned insolvencies.

    The legal team have the ability of getting the job done even against all odds. Even in complex matters they keep focus on the end goal and achieve positive result.

    Skau Reipurth is best known for its work as bankruptcy trustees, receiving regular appointments by several larger Danish banks. The law firm acts on insolvencies across a range of sectors including construction, food and beverages, and retail. The practice also represents creditors in debt recovery proceedings.

    Another source praises the law firm’s “ability to execute cases in narrow timeframes.”

    Head of department Anders Ørskov Melballe routinely acts as appointed trustee on several of the firm’s assigned insolvencies. According to one source, “Anders is known for his skills in relation to cooperation and finding flexible and amicable solutions. He is pleasant to work with and has strong morals and high standards.”

  • IFLR 1000

    IFLR1000 (2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022)

    Skau Reipurth are known primarily for their restructuring and insolvency law team.

    Clients feedback: “Highly specialised and accurate in advising professional financial creditors.”

    “They are very flexible and offer good value for money,” says one client. “Within bankruptcy Skau are very strong. They are highly dexterous and have an excellent way of handing cases in a commercially orientated and methodical fashion.”

    The team at Skau Reipurth is mostly recognised for its restructuring and insolvency work. The firm regularly represents creditors in this area while serving as the trustee in bankruptcy cases.

    Recent work examples have included assisting Danske Bank with the compulsory sale of several properties owned by housing cooperatives and serving as the trustee for the bankrupt EuroAds group.